The Maxima Medical Centre (MMC) will from now on, use a surgical robot for interventions in colon cancer.
With colon cancer, surgery is often a first step, whereby the piece of the colon affected by cancer, is removed. It is a procedure that often takes a few hours to complete.
The surgical robot does not operate independently but is controlled by a surgeon from a ‘cockpit’. The surgeon’s movements are translated into the robot which performs them extremely precisely and filters out any human tremors. The robot also has very narrow arms and its ‘wrist joint’ can turn in all directions. This allows the robot to reach places that are difficult to reach for the surgeon to get to.
The MMC has already been using the surgical robot in several other keyhole surgeries. Bowel operations have now been added.
Translator: Nicole Dawson Cullinan
Translator: Melinda Walraven